By Kenneth Justice
~ “And so it begins….” my friend said
Yesterday I was hanging out at one of my favorite coffee houses (to get ranked among my favorites isn’t very hard; 1) provide good fair trade coffee 2) and provide me with frequent free cups of coffee) and my friends and I were talking about my upcoming trip to Atlanta.
Last month I had a mini-kick off to my Drinking in the Culture Tour by spending a couple weeks in Costa Rica, but the reality of things is that this week in Atlanta is when my Tour really begins because it will bring me face to face with fellow bloggers, readers, and everyone else in between.
Let’s face it, the Western World has changed tremendously over the past decade; the Internet has literally connected people all across the globe in ways we never could have imagined. Over the past few years mediums such as blogging, Facebook, and Twitter have become more than just a ‘passing fad’…..but rather they have become central components to our lives.
—) Sure, not all of us use Facebook (though most of us do)
—) Sure, not all of us use Twitter (though A LOT of us do)
—) Sure, not all of us read blogs (although A LOT of us do)
And while over the last year I have shared with my readers all of the reservations I have with social networks, and also all of the things I appreciate about Social Networks…..today marks the beginning of an experiment I’ve been thinking about for a long time and it started with a question; what is the true extent of the relationships we make via social networking?
Combining my love for coffee and the whole café experience, I’ve committed this year of my life to traveling to 100 coffee houses throughout North America and Europe to meet with readers and fellow bloggers….
In Social Networking one of the popular buzz words you will often hear is, ‘Connectivity’. And perhaps that is why my Drinking in the Culture Tour appealed to me as I was coming up with the idea; because drinking coffee and hanging out at a café is all about connectivity.
The coffee shop experience involves casual conversations among acquaintances, and it can also involve serious conversations among friends. People use coffee shops to study, to hang out…..and to connect. Coffee and coffee-houses have been a staple in the Western World for hundreds of years going all the way back to the height of the British Empire.
So I hope to meet many of you in my travels in the upcoming year. Perhaps you can tell me stories about your lives or simply fill me in on your thoughts about the city that you live in and love. Or maybe we can just sit quietly and drink our coffee and watch the various patrons as they walk in and out……
I love coffee, I love people…..and I love to connect. There is something about us humans; I believe we are ultimately social creatures……we crave connectivity. So from the medium of the Internet, I’m now coming to a coffee house near you…..
Whatever lays ahead I can only imagine. Greg Anderson writes, “Focus on the journey not on the destination. Joy is not found in finishing an activity, but in doing it” and that is something I will have in mind throughout the coming year.
I will be in Atlanta this weekend at two different coffee shops on Saturday; check out my homepage for locations. If you are on Twitter I’ll try and keep my Twitter updated with regular tweets of the experience throughout the day….and I hope as the year progresses to meet as many readers and fellow bloggers as possible.
For now, I think I will have one more coffee this morning before its time to leave to Atlanta,
Categories: Culture & Society